Discovery University Application
Discovery University Winter 2018 Application
The Ottawa Mission and its partner agencies are very excited to present three free university-level courses for the Winter 2018 Term. The courses for Winter 2018 are:
Description of “Introduction to Leadership Studies”:
Leadership affects everyone. It is present in all our lives. In this class, students will explore different ways of understanding leadership. James McGregor Burns first published his major text Leadership in 1978, and since that time, the field of Leadership Studies has become a discipline of its own. With over 250 Leadership Studies in the US and half a dozen in Canada, the study of leadership has become a vibrant and ever evolving field of study. Students will look at different ways to approach the study of leadership and explore its relational, transformational, situational, social identity, collective, charismatic, emotional and ethical dimensions. A lecture format will be used with video clips to highlight issues, and class discussion to deepen the understanding of leadership and what styles and approaches make it effective. Real-life situations will be drawn upon of different leaders in order to excavate different theories of leadership and examine some of the challenges of being a “leader”. Leadership will also be thought about and how it is practiced in different settings and in everyday life. Discussions around toxic leadership as well as examining the role of emotions in leading will take place. A dialogical approach will be used in which students are provided with a space to share, and are invited to contribute to knowledge discovery by bringing their experiences and ideas to bear on the subject under discussion.
Description of “The Psychology of Performance”:
Psychology can help us understand how high-level performers reach the top of their profession. This course considers how psychological factors influence outcomes across sport, exercise, and other performance environments. A focus is placed on understanding how successful performers create conditions that bring themselves closer to realizing their potential. Topics include self-confidence, goal-setting, imagery, arousal regulation, coaching and leadership, and team dynamics. We’ll also examine the psychological characteristics of peak performance, how athletes experience and recover from injuries, and how participation influences physical and mental health. Readings will strike a balance between theory, research, and application. After completing the course, students will leave with a deeper understanding of performance excellence.
Description of “Letters from Winters of Yesteryear”
This special winter course will provide students an opportunity to be exposed to some important speeches/deeds/actions of major public figures. Students – as equal partners with the professor – will have a rare occasion to think and talk about the impact those figures have had on our lives. In order to succeed, each student will have to:
- Read each week a short text on one of the eight selected figures;
- Analyse the main facts about the person’s life, his/her accomplishments and the relevance he/she has nowadays on our perceptions, behaviours or thoughts;
Think about the potential choices offered to all concerned to solve the mystery of their aura, gauge the conflict opposing those who believe and those who do not that each one of the personalities’ relevance is of the outmost importance, to share with other participants some ideas that are raised publicly (and some that are not raised) about these 8 major figures of our times.